New McNary counselor strives to help others
October 7, 2019 By:MHS Piper
By: Kaylee Weygandt
Jessica Rist is the new counselor at McNary. She has been a counselor for five years going on six and has been working at McNary for only six weeks. Her whole life, she has always had a love and interest in school. Eventually, she would like to become a principal of a school.
Mrs. Rist said, “I think originally like when I was a little kid I always wanted to be a teacher, so for as long as I can remember I’ve always wanted to work in education but I can’t think of a- like counseling is just so different from teaching that it really wasn’t what I thought I would do when I was a kid.”
She went to a total of four different colleges. She started out at Linn Benton Community College (LBCC) in the Lebanon area. After that she went to Oregon State Community College for her bachelors degree, Oregon State University for her masters degree in counseling, and the last college she went to was a program at Lewis and Clark for administration and counseling.
One of the big reasons why she became a counselor was the person she is with worked and had to move to Eastern Oregon. If there wasn’t such a big change and wanting to have the same vacation and time with them she probably would still be a manager of a grocery store, Trader Joe’s. Her co workers encouraged her to go back to school and get her degrees.
This job is not the easiest and can be sad. “The answers are not that positive. So my, and I think that’s just partially just the nature of that job. That is isn’t that easy.” she said. Most of her most memorable days on this job are very depressing and just revolves around the nature of saddening topics. Her job is to listen to all the struggle teenagers go through and to support them.
She discussed about a time at her last school she hears all the sad stories and a couple times needed to get law enforcement involved and has had to stay super late to help with the situation. For her those are the days that stick out the most; the ones that are the hardest.
“I love that question because it makes me reflect. The most memorable days are the hardest days.” Even though her job is tough she loves it and it really makes her feel purposeful. Said Rist.